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 Enfield Southgate
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Stephen Twigg Labour 21,727 51.8 +7.6
John Flack Conservative 16,181 38.6 -2.5
Wayne Hoban Liberal Democrat 2,935 7.0 -3.7
Elaine Graham-Leigh Green 662 1.6  
Roy Freshwater UK Independence 298 0.7  
Andrew Malakouna Independent 105 0.3  
Majority 5,546 13.2
Turnout 41,908 63.1 -7.5
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 5.1% from Conservative to Labour

Description
One of the most dramatic results at the last election was Michael Portillo’s in Enfield Southgate. His loss to Labour’s Stephen Twigg characterised the devastation that the Tories suffered at the hands of New Labour.

Historically and demographically Enfield Southgate had always been a Tory story. In the 1992 election Mr Portillo had commanded a majority of 15,500 and had held the seat since a 1984 by-election. The seat had never had a Labour occupant.

Southgate is the only truly middle class suburban seat in the borough of Enfield and has 79% owner occupation. Much of the area is home to commuters, and Trent Park ward can be described as semi-rural. The seat also includes urban Palmers Green and the north circular road, and the rural tranquillity of Hadley Wood and the green belt.

Local authority housing is low here, representing just 7.7% of the stock. There is a fairly high non-white population here, standing at just under 14%. This includes large Hindu and Jewish communities. There is also a large Cypriot population.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Enfield Southgate
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Stephen Twigg Labour 20,570 44.2
Michael Portillo Conservative 19,137 41.1
Jeremy Browne Liberal Democrat 4,966 10.7
Nicholas Luard Referendum 1,342 2.9
Alan Storkey Christian Democrat 289 0.6
Andrew Malakouna Independent 229 0.5
Majority 1,433 3.1
Turnout 46,533 70.6
 
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